On Friday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin interviewed North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans member Bill Starnes who had an unusual perspective about the roles of Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Starnes asserted that the Confederate army fought for its right of consent of the governed, not to preserve slavery.
“Now I know you’ve studied all this,” Baldwin replied, “and I can’t sit here and check you on bills written in the 1850s off the top of my head…”
“Well I would go look at them before I did an interview on them,” Starnes cut in.
“Well, with all due respect,” Baldwin responded, “as a fellow Southerner, with all due respect, I did do my homework, and I just cited this quote, and a have a historian coming up, so please sir, don’t tell me to do homework.”
“Secondly, let’s move that aside and let’s talk about the pain in this country,” she added. “You know when you look at a place like Germany, where they don’t force Jewish children to attend a school named after Adolf Hitler, it is the same for a lot of African-Americans attending a school say named after Robert E. Lee. What do you say to the, let’s not, facts is one thing, feelings is another.”
“Do you acknowledge those feelings of those Americans?” she questioned.
“Well facts are one thing, and feelings are another,” Starnes answered. “And the truth on this to pure fact is Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler have a lot more in common than Robert E. Lee and Adolf Hitler.”
“Robert E. Lee did not kill civilians, Abraham Lincoln did,” he claimed.
“What?!” Baldwin replied in awe.
“The Union army came into the South, the Union army came into the South and killed over 70,000 Southern civilians, men, women and children, black and white, slave and free, so yeah, they did that, you can study some history and find that out. It’s very easy to look at. As far as comparin’ Robert E. Lee and Adolf Hitler…” Starnes continued.
“Abraham Lincoln, anti-slavery, as a result of that, states wanted to secede, I don’t think we want to compare Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler,” she replied and turned to interview a historian.
First reported by TheBlaze.